Audio: TX Councilwoman Elisa Chan Slams Ex-Councilwoman's Marriage To Transgender Partner
Additional leaked comments from San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan have once again landed the bigoted Texas councilwoman in hot water.
Now Chan is under fire for comments that directly attacked the validity of the marriage of her former colleague, Leticia Ozuna, an ex-councilwoman who is married to a transgender woman.
“In the recording, Chan discusses Ozuna’s family life. Ozuna, who lost re-election in May, is married to Sophia Parafina, a transgender woman; they have two children,” Brian Chasnoff, the Express-News reporter who published the original audio, now reports.
“That lady was born a man. So that marriage is still valid in the state of Texas,” one of Chan’s aides says in the new audio.
“So what kind of marriage is that?,” Chan responds during the meeting in her San Antonio, Texas city council office.
Chasnoff adds his paper “had previously withheld that portion of the recording to protect Ozuna’s privacy. Ozuna agreed this week to address the portion regarding her family.”
“I am terribly saddened to learn that me and my family were used as subjects of ridicule and criticism by Elisa Chan and her staff,” Ozuna said in a statement.
“No words can adequately express both the anger and sadness our family feels as we deal with this disclosure. She has unequivocally disrespected all LBGTQ families, including mine,” she said.
“We wholeheartedly believe that the public trust has been compromised,” Ozuna continued. “I believe that Elisa Chan should no longer remain in a position of making prejudiced, ill-informed decisions that could cause irreparable harm to the good people of San Antonio.”
Chan, finally, has released a statement offering an apology — but only directly to the former councilwoman, not to the LGBT community.
“I apologize profusely to Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna and her family for referencing their lives in our private conversation,” Chan’s statement reads.
“I did not address the withheld minute of the recording earlier because it was never my intention to hurt anyone.”
Well at least this time she's deigned to offer an apology, even if it's only directed towards Ozuna and it's only because it looks bad to insult a colleague.
Clearly Chan as the First Amendment right to express her bigoted views, but we wonder how her constituents will feel as her beliefs and values continue to come to light?